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Sunday, July 27, 2008

Books I'll Read at Some Point

I'm surfing the net for books to put in my iPod for my trip to SF.
Reading GuideKing Leopold's Ghost: A Story of Greed, Terror, and Heroism in Colonial Africa
by Adam Hochschild
List Price: $15.00
Published in 1999

I want to read this because it has five stars from Amazon readers. One of my super-favorite novels, The Poisonwood Bible received 4.5 stars...and that was a thrilling tale. Too bad audible do not have the audio book for this title.

Heart of Darkness (Norton Critical Editions)
by Joseph Conrad

List Price: $11.90
Published in 2005
ISBN-10: 0-393-92636-2

Then these:
Good Harbor: A Novel (Paperback)
by Anita Diamant

The Last Days of Dogtown: A Novel (Paperback)
by Anita Diamant

The Space Between Us: A Novel (P.S.) (Paperback)
by Thrity Umrigar

Friday, July 25, 2008

Sky Watch Friday: Let's Take a Walk

My husband took a few pictures for my Skywatch.Let's take that walk with him, shall we?

He took a nice little walk, and saw that this would make a nice post.He walked closer still....
Each step bring him closer to this opening...
And when he's there, still more to see...
Isn't this a nice doorway into something?

Thursday, July 24, 2008

The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver

This is a moving novel about Taylor Greer and her journey to nowhere. On the way, she was handed a baby of undetermined age. She raised her as her own. Her friends and acquaintance are colorful and remarkable. It's a tragedy that I had to listened to this book with half an ear, but I enjoyed myself thoroughly when I could pay attention. This book is highly recommended by anyone who had ever read it. I find this novel to be gritty, and not my type. I like cheerful, funny novels with love story and happily ever after. I like them as Susan Elizabeth Phillips writes them. I like happy-ever-afters kind of story. This one's realistic enough to be very uncomfortable. I guess that is what makes it such a great book.

I think my favorite Kingsolver book so far is The Poisonwood Bible. That was also a gritty novel, but it's epic about a family of missionary in Africa. It's so well developed, I can't help falling in love with it.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Mama Mia

I had a ball watching this movie. I was humming in my head to all the beats and song. I had no idea I know about ABBA songs so much! If you're a musical fan, then this movie is for you. My husband came with me and snored through it. We're both happy. He got his sleep and I get to see my movie, and we get to date.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Sky Watch: Museum Trek

Wasn't it a spectacular day for going to the Museum? It was very warm, but just a hair short of hot. We had fun!

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Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Midwives by Chris Bohjalian

Chris Bohjalian wrote a compelling story about a birthing by midwife gone wrong. Sibyl Danforth, ex-hippie, experience midwife made a call to save a child life and changed her life forever. It made me realized how lucky I am to be having my child in the hospital as each labor seem to take to me to the edge of death's door. I think midwives are wonderful, but not as safe as a hospital birth when it comes to complication.

Sure, we can just travel to the hospital any time, but when you're trapped by the weather, that's when it gets hairy. This is that story. When something as spectacular and common as birth becomes a nightmare. This is narrated by Sibyl's 14-year-old daughter when she's an adult. I find the story compelling.

I'm definitely going to read more books by this author. Love to win free books? Check out this link.

Friday, July 11, 2008

What Matters Most by Louanne Rice

I usually enjoy Louanne Rice's books. I first read her Dream Country and was so touch by the characters. I emerged from the story bleary-eyed and satisfied. I cried over her Home Fires, I was so touched. Follow the Stars Home just about broke my heart into million little pieces. In Cloud Nine, Safe Harbour and Firefly Beach, I didn't want to stop reading, I just truly enjoyed her characters and their lives. Then I started reading The Perfect Summer and just stopped for no special reason. I think it was because I veg out on her books and needed a break.

I picked her books again with this one, and it wasn't a Louanne Rice I know. This is a story about Sister Bernadette and Tom Kelly, and of their son they left behind in Ireland, Seamus Sullivan and his love of Kathryn. For 23 years, Tom stayed near Sister Bernadette, working as a groundskeeper.

What Matters Most is not about love. It's about being true to your vocation no matter the wreckage it left behind. While Sister Bernadette might make for a good Nun, she sure sucked as a mother, and as someone who's supposed to love Tom Kelly. She's so selfish, I just want to dive into the book and slap her a little.

While she was pregnant, she received a calling from Mother Mary, which she took to mean that she has to be a Nun. Never mind that she's pregnant with Tom's child. Tom seem like a wonderful, hardworking man. She wouldn't even let Tom helped with raising their child or have much to say in what to do with him. She left the child in a convent orphanage, and not a nice one at that. Tom's family is rich and powerful and good people. What could it hurt for her to have Tom raise their child?

The story picks up from when they went back to Ireland to find their child. I just couldn't really excuse her behavior. Why didn't she let Tom raise their child? Why leave in Orphanage to suffer? It wasn't the Mother Superior who had an axe to grind that ruined their lives, it's actually her, Sister Bernadette - a selfish, self-centered woman! She's right up there my list of unlikeable heroine. The secondary story is about Seamus and Kathryn.

The story is effective, after all, Ms. Rice have managed to make Sister Bernadette so hateful. Only a talented author could draw out such emotion. Still, I wouldn't be keeping this book for re-reading. In fact, I'm sure to put this on my list of books never to be read again.

Would I recommend Louanne Rice's books? YES! Would I read more of her books? YES!
If you want story that's epic, sweeping, and magnificient, I suggest Jennifer Donnelly's The Tea Rose and The Winter Rose. There's a third book coming out, and I can't wait to read it.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Sky Watch Friday

I took many pictures of our trip to Nasher Sculpture downtown. I have absolutely no idea what this art was. It was a big sheet of metal, all rusty and curvy. We looked all around it. I don't know what's it for, but I guess that's art for you.

Visit Tom for more skywatch.
BTW, I'm inviting you to join Mailbox Monday. . There's be a post as early as Sunday noon, and you get to sign in to Mr. Linky and play. I hope yu can come and play.

Lawman by Diana Palmer

I listened to this book with Todd McLaren as the reader. He does not have many voice variations, but he's got a sexy voice. I would listen to him read phone book, but thankfully, I don't have to do that because he's got many books I can choose from.

This story is set in Jacobsville, Texas, hometown of the many Long, Tall, Texans by Diana Palmer. There's a bit of inconsistency about coffee drinking, and I'm missing the whole audio CD that I forgot to load into my iPod. Ugh. It's really exciting where I had to stop, but they're still not in love enough to have HEA. Happily Ever After is still my favorite kind of story.

Garon Grier is a neighbor of Grace Carver. They meet when Grace's grandma was dying. He's an FBI agent, and she's a potential bait, and the story works around it. I like Diana Palmer because I've always read hers. I like how her heroine never sleeps around. The men, they're rogues and they reformed, but Garon Grier is not so much a rogue as cruel and dim. He's got redeeming qualities, but for today's standard, he's like a caveman. He reminds me of Judith McNaught's hero in Whitney, My Love. He at least have an excuse of living in Regency or something really-old era.

I'd still recommend this book, but if you're new to Diana Palmer, I'd try some of Firebrand, or Night Fever that she wrote as Susan Kyle, or her Long, Tall, Texans. Those are great books.

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

WW: Procrastination

That's my 4 years old boy. He's got such long hair, and I kind of like it long.
It's bills day, and I'd rather be organizing pictures. I'm listening to Diana Palmer's Lawman, in audio. I love the reader. He has such sexy voice. Really. If you don't believe me, listen to him. This is not the same book, but he's got really sexy voice. I'm going to buy his other audio books because of it.

Monday, July 7, 2008

Evan Almighty with Steve Carell

After our day at Nasher Sculpture, we stopped by the library to get our books. I also bought many, many chicklet books from the library sale. They're only a dollar each. I went to town for it. I think I must have bought 2 copies of The Devil Wears Prada. I am sure there's an explanation for buying two more copies of a book I have read and still own a copy already.

Right before checking out, I grabbed this DVD. I watch in with my children, and had a few good laughs. One of my children said he enjoyed it so much, we should do it again. He rarely says things like that.

What I got out of the story. G-d have a sick sense of humor in this movie. Evan (the Noah-alike) was to build an ark. First HE gave Evan chaos in his life by having animals follow him around like Peter of Hamlin, the piper. If that wasn't enough, He had him fired so he can have more time to build his ark. While it was hilarious, the other side of my brain was wondering why he didn't just use a whole bunch of jobless, homeless people to build his ark. If He can make an animal do His bidding, then maybe he should use it to good work by training the jobless by choice and the transient.

Overall, this is a fun movie to watch with the kids. Yes, even when they've seen it for the third time, it's still fun.

Sunday, July 6, 2008

The Innocent Man: Murder and Injustice in a Small Town by John Grisham

Do you want to read it? Buy it here.

This is one of the few non-fiction book that I have read. I usually like to read fiction, especially the ones with love story and happy ending. It's one of my not-so-secret guilty pleasures.

This is a story about Ron Williamson. He seem to lead a charmed life in the beginning. He's better than good at baseball. He dreamed of being in the big league. For a while, he was too. Then he's accused of murder. Due to a series of fabricated evidence, desperate judges and prosecutor to find their suspect, among many other injustices, he ends up in death row.

He is very fortunate that his sister never gave up on him, as difficult as he is. This is a story of his journey to hell and back. I find it strange that I would read this story. I do not find the main character appealing, but is a gifted storyteller. It's a 5 ♥ story, but I rated it four because Ron is not my idea of a hero.

Saturday, July 5, 2008

Photo Hunt: Pointed

While searching for some pointed pictures, I found this after hunting awhile. Boy, they don't call this 'photo hunt' for nothing!

Even when you don't look closely, you can see the the pointed lollipop stick hanging out of my baby's mouth. Can we say Dentist Bills together?

They don't get much candy, but when they do, they binge on it. No cavities as of last dental check-up. Whew!

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Sky Watch: What's the Point?

My husband and my two children went out today. They took skywatch pictures for me.

You can try to guess what's the point of all these pictures, but just keep guessing some more.

They're almost there, and then you'll know.

It's that crane. You just never know what interest a person eh?

Just one more for good measure. Who would have thought!

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A Home at the End of the World by Michael Cunningham

wrote a spectacular book about two friends Bobby and Jonathan, and a girl named Clare. Jonathan is gay and he's in love with Bobby. Clare and Bobby had a baby, and the three of them moved to the country and live together. It might not be happily ever after, but they're making do.

This is a book I wouldn't have read when I was younger. I prefer HEA [happily, ever after] books. This one, I am not sure if it's a happy ending. This book was made into a movie with Collin Farell. I have not seen the movie, but perhaps I should just to have a different perspective with this story. Michael Cunningham also wrote a book called, The Hours. This book won the Pulitzer prize, and was made into a movie with Nicole Kidman and Julian Moore.

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Books I've Read in June

I do not have many books in June. I think it's because I've been tweaking templates, trying to figure out how it works, only to make it crash. Heee! The best one I like is Pillars of the Earth. It's an epic, it's a love story, and it's history. I love it! Then there's Duke of Shadows. Awesome romance book. I have it available for winning over here. It's a book not to be missed for any romance reader.

I saw a lot of movies too, but I got to go and get ready for my class.


67. Cunningham, Michael - A Home at the End of the Earth 4♥
66. Grafton, Sue - P is for Peril* 3♥

65. Follett, Ken - The Pillars of the Earth* 5♥
64. Talarigo, Jeff - The Pearl Diver63. Jeffries, Sabrina - Only a Duke Will Do
62. Enoch, Suzanne - Sin and Sensibility
61. Johanna Lindsey - Captive of My Desires 4♥
60. Alexander McCall Smith - Kalahari Typing School for Men 4♥
59. Meredith Duran - Duke of Shadows 5♥

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

P is For Peril by Sue Grafton

P Is for Peril
Audio CD
Read by Lorelai King
Published in 2002

I enjoyed this book. I have not followed Kinsey Milhone in over 3 years, and I picked up with this book. I think I should have gone back to L. I will later on, but this one's handy. In this book, she's looking to move her office to a different location. She's thinking about dating, too.

Kinsey was hired to look for a missing doctor. There's the doctor's ex-wife, and the wife, and a trainer. There's dead body, but then, Ms. Milhone always finds dead bodies. The mystery's intricately put together, and it kept me guessing til the end. I like that in a book. I don't mind knowing whodunit, but I prefer to be kept guessing.

Lorelai King is a fun reader, she varies her voice so I don't have to think too much who's talking. I've listened to her audio books with Janet Evanovich and other authors too.